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In a pathetic attempt to get our collective mind off the presidential election and on to something a little less earthshaking, I hasten to remind you, gentle readers, that basketball season is upon us. Nothing heralds the arrival of fall like the gentle swish of the round ball through the net, the clank of the bouncing brick against the rim.

The truth is, I live in Florida, and it is my civic duty to inform the nation that we, the people of the Sunshine State, are prepared to accept anybody as president; Howard Stern, Donald Duck, even Regis Philbin, as long as we don’t have to count any more stinking ballots! The NBA, in its infinite wisdom and mercy, established from days of old the sacred overtime, even unto the double and the triple, specifically to spare us, the people, the agony of a tie. Washington, are you listening?

Conventional wisdom, manifesting through the odds makers, lists the champion Los Angeles Lakers as the favorite to win it all in 2001. Remember Shaq and the Lakers? Is that the same team that got off to a shaky 3-3 start, losing at home to the geriatric Jazz before breaking down on the road in Texas, succumbing to both the rickety Rockets and the spunky Spurs? Meanwhile, even if Allen Iverson won’t be winning any Grammys for his rapping, his dynamic ‘76ers have already filled the leadership void in the NBA East, bolting to an early 6-0 start.

But it’s a long season. None of this may mean a thing come next June. There are a number of interesting planetary alignments that will be in effect throughout the 2001 playoffs and finals, and these will favor certain coaches and players more than others. It’s not too early to take a peek down the stretch and see how the season ends.

Something in the Air

There’s definitely something in the air during the playoffs. May and June 2001 will feature a preponderance of planets in Gemini and Aquarius, two air signs. The Sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn will all be in Gemini, making harmonious aspects to Neptune and Uranus in Aquarius. This will give a big advantage to individuals who were born with the air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) in their natal charts. It also gives a slight advantage to our fire sign people, the Aries, Leos and Sagittarians.

Mercury, the sure-handed planetary ruler of Gemini, will spend almost the entire playoffs in Gemini, its home sign. Mercury enters Gemini on May 7, 2001, advances through the sign all the way to the 29th degree, where it turns retrograde on June 4, 2001. It begins moving backward and finishes the finals on approximately June 21, 2001, at 23 degrees Gemini. With this clever, communicative planet so strong in its own sign, we are sure to see plenty of brilliant ball-handling, devious head games and perhaps an emergence of superstar duos; two players who complement each others’ skills so perfectly that they seem to play as one.

I like to think of basketball as a Gemini game, with a small, indoor court, short quick passes and close communication between players and coaches. I say this to distinguish it from more Sagittarian sports like football or rugby, which are played on large outdoor fields, with long running plays and more distance between the coaches and players. The planetary emphasis in Gemini during the playoffs guarantees us basketball at its best, and the ultimate crowning of an exceptional championship team. But who will it be?

Can the Lakers Do It Again?

In the overwhelming mess of possibilities, let’s start with the obvious—will the Lakers repeat? Head Coach Phil Jackson appears to be under a tremendous amount of stress during the playoffs. Jackson’s natal Sun is at 24 degrees Virgo (born September 17, 1945, at 5:40 pm CST in Deer Lodge, Montana). Between June 7–16, 2001, an impressive array of planetary forces will be lined up against him. First Mars, retrograde in Sagittarius, makes a 90-degree square to Coach Jackson’s Sun on June 7. Then the transiting Sun conjuncts Jupiter in Gemini at 23 degrees on June 15, both making another 90-degree square to Jackson’s beleaguered natal Sun. The retrograde Mercury in Gemini backs up to square his Sun yet again on June 18.

These square aspects represent continuing difficulties and challenges to Coach Jackson’s leadership and courage. However, because they are so numerous and exact, they also indicate that much attention could be focused on him during this time. Any lesser coach would fold under the pressure, but I would never count Phil Jackson out. I move that we return to this question in April, when we should have a clearer understanding of the specific problems facing the Lakers.

Crowning the Kings?

It should be obvious from the above that there are a number of planetary indicators pointing to the 24th degree of Gemini. That’s why I am so intrigued by the chart of the Sacramento Kings’ head coach, Rick Adelman (born June 16, 1946, at 4:00 am in Lynwood, California). His natal Sun is at 24 degrees Gemini, conjunct transiting Jupiter and receiving a fortunate trine aspect (120 degrees) from transiting Uranus in Aquarius. Adelman should be in the spotlight during the playoffs.

Is this the year that the Kings get crowned? It’s a little early to say, but they do look to at least advance deep into the playoffs. They are a good, young team, but much depends upon the relative condition of their competition. There is a lot of basketball to come, and anything can and will happen. Remember, it's a very long season. One thing is for certain. We will crown an NBA champion in June of 2001, and with any luck at all, by that time, we might even know who our next president will be!



Courtney Roberts, M.A.,is a writer, teacher, and consultant, originally from Miami, FL. Her work reflects a unique perspective: a real passion for the 'big picture' that combines cosmology, religious studies and history with a lifetime of observing the dynamic interaction of spirit and cosmos.

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